As a Speech Pathologist, I get a lot of boxes of chocolates and fudge and sweets when it comes to the end of the year. I am so appreciative of the amazing families I work with, but it does make me a little sad to have to give most of these beautiful presents away to save myself the gut-ache. Since I started my low FODMAP journey I’ve also been told I’m a lot harder to buy for, because it takes almost all food-related gifts off the table, as well as most cookbooks or things along those lines. I felt like a number of us may be in a similar situation, so I’ve put together my top 5 gift ideas this year, to give to someone you love who may have IBS (or not!), loves food, or is looking to start their own food journey.
- Sustainable Lunch Boxes, like these from Mr & Mrs Jones – one of my goals for 2019 is to reduce waste and make better choices for the environment, which means I’ve put some more sustainable and long-lasting lunch boxes on my wish list. These are also super easy to hand wash, and as I don’t have a dishwasher, that’s a big tick from me.
- Fun Cutlery, like this set from The Wholesome Store – I’ve been eyeing off this cutlery set for a while, imagining the cool photos I can take with them in the new year. Plus, how much more fun would it make meal times to eat with cutlery that looks like twigs?! Or is that just a thought only I have?
- Vinyl Rolls, like these from Kmart – if you read my post on tips for taking better food photos, you’ll know I use these all the time because my kitchen bench tops are less than appealing to look at. These are also fantastically cheap, so would make a good stocking stuffer!
- Silicone Baking Pans, like this one from Kmart – another fantastic environmentally-friendly option and also cheap! I have started using a silicone baking pan this year, as well as silicone baking cups when needed, and it has saved a lot of baking paper or muffin liners, meaning a lot less waste. I’ve also never needed to grease mine, so it can mean your baking is slightly healthier too!
- FODMAP Friendly by Georgia McDermott, found on her site – one of the best gifts I have ever received on my low FODMAP journey. It’s full of amazing and delicious recipes!
Wishing you all a very safe and Merry Christmas! See you in 2019!